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Every language has its extreme difficulties. In America, you have spelling bees, in France, you have grammar conjugation contests, and in China, you pride yourself on the number of characters you've memorized.

I really despise this article every time I see it. No. I don't despise it, I hate it. I can't read worth a damn in Chinese, but I can speak a dialect of it quite fluently. Its focus on written Chinese is completely unreasonable.

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